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Friday, April 12, 2013


The influential commentator David Corn tried hard to steer the left away from questioning the official accounts concerning the events of 9/11. Now he is accepting the I.F. Stone Award, apparently unworried by the powerful evidence that Stone had served as a Soviet agent of influence.

In an ironic twist, Stone upheld the official, no-conspiracy narrative of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

In 2002, Corn wrote that "the notion that the U.S. government either detected the attacks but allowed them to occur, or, worse, conspired to kill thousands of Americans to launch a war-for-oil in Afghanistan is absurd. Still, each week emails passing on such tripe arrive. This crap is probably not worth a rational rebuttal, but I'm irritated enough to try."

He reiterated these views in 2005 and appears not to have repudiated them, despite emergence of much evidence undermining the official 9/11 story.

Accuracy in Media, reporting on Corn's award, commented, "The identification of Stone as a Soviet agent is not in serious dispute, except among his most loyal and sycophantic followers."

Two reputable historians and a Russian journalist exposed Stone's Soviet intrigues in their book, Spies.

The authors are Harvey Elliott Klehr, professor of politics and history at Emory University, who he is known for his books on the subject of the American Communist movement and Soviet espionage in America; John Earl Haynes, a historian who is a specialist in 20th-century political history in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress; and Alexander Vassiliev, a Russian journalist, writer, and espionage historian living in London. He is a former officer in the Soviet Committee for State Security.

Corn is Mother Jones' Washington bureau chief. Until 2007, he was
Washington editor of The Nation.

Corn evidently raised no objections to Christopher Hayes' "hit piece" against 9/11 skepticism.

Hayes, an editor at large for The Nation, is, like Corn, an MSNBC commentator.

The Nation, Mother Jones and MSNBC all are on the militant left side of the political spectrum.

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